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Welcome Home A Sunny Day in Glasgow at KFN April 1

With a brand new EP coming out and a European tour coming up, it looks as if Ben Daniels and the rest of the new members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow are starting to gain some serious momentum. It's easy to see why, their sound being somewhat of a refreshing reminder of the shoegaze/dreampop era, creating highly feminine, swirling soundscapes in the vein of Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. A Sunny Day in Glasgow bring more of an electronic update to this vibe, weaving samples and guitar into mesmerizing patterns and drones to make a certain type of pop, one that's delicate and intense at the same time. Just listen to the nearly symphonic opening swells of "Nitetime Rainbows" (from their forthcoming EP of the same name) and you'll probably understand the flurries of praise heaped on them by everyone from Pitchfork to the BBC. They're returning to their hometown tonight with Arc in Round and The Homophones, so don't miss it because you might not see them back any time soon. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., 8 pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/sunnydayinglasgow - Joe Poteracki

 

   

Dangerous Ponies Stampede into The Ox April 1

Ever since they released their EP, Dr. Ponie Medicine Ponie, Dangerous Ponies have been bringing their traveling party of love to the masses. As one of the newer members of Punk Rock Payroll (The Extraordinaires, Lux Perpetua, Kill You In The Face), they’ve already hit the road for tours, played SXSW, and put together a dance fueled music video. And one night before they hit Virginia for the Macrock Music Festival, Philadelphia’s finest 7 piece queer and allied band is ready to play a set at The Ox tonight. Once they break out their electric sing-alongs inside the latest darling of Philly’s DIY venues, it’s sure to turn into a joyous celebration. Also on the lineup is Fishtown’s lo-fi garage rockers The Spooks who have been gaining some deserved attention of their own for their EP Sea Monster. The Ox, 2nd and Oxford, 8pm, $5, All Ages myspace.com/dangerousponies - Bill McThrill

 

   

New Stanley Ross

Stanley Ross (aka Nicholas Meiers) is back with a free ep, MN-EP from Rock Proper. This EP follows his two self-released albums and finds him working with some new musicians and creating a new sound. The album features Tim Cronin of Camera Obscura, Domenico Ferri of Brother Truck, and many other talent musicians. The EP was produced by Gary Burger of 60’s legends The Monks! It is a subtle slow burner that will guide you into the summer.

 

MN-EP will be released on April 6th, and will be a free digital album. Stanley Ross plays with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen at Schubas on April 8th.

   

Get Intimate with Joshua Marcus at JB’s April 1

With his unruly red beard and banjo in tow, you may mistake breakout Philadelphia-native Joshua Marcus for his doppelganger, indie-folk wonder Sam Beam. Although both musicians incorporate honest lyrics and southern influences into their sound, the similarity stops there. Marcus’ simple melodies are arranged around the raw power of his voice. He is able to express his passion and tell whole stories through different intonations. This ability gives his songs a certain intimacy like a warm Appalachian summer sitting on your back porch sipping a Bud while watching a buddy sing his life into the night. With his recent release, Reverse the Charges, Marcus traveled across the country, stopping in different states to record his experiences with ultimately over four-dozen fellow musicians. The effect is a sound of overlapping lives that ultimately become one American voice.  Experience a different world for an hour or two and stop by Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/joshuamarcus (Photo by Chris Poppe) - Katie Bennett

 

   

Nick Jaina Kicks Off West Coast Tour with a Record Release Show at Doug Fir this Friday

Nick Jaina’s got a busy month ahead of him. He’s wrangled up 11 musicians, some from the likes of bands such as Loch Lomond and Laura Gibson, to play with him on his West Coast tour. And what better way to say Bon Voyage than with a record release show? The alt-folk bandleader’s celebrating the release of A Bird in the Opera House, his fifth album on Portland-based label HUSH Records at Doug Fir on April 2—a little early for its April 13 release, but necessary considering it is also his tour kickoff.

The record was conceived when Jaina’s friend, Lee Howard, offered the musician not only the opportunity to record in his basement studio, but a room in his home to stay in as well. The two gradually recorded the album in the studio’s in-between times, allowing Jaina to sit in his room and have time with his songs, to think about the direction they were taking, to deconstruct them and put them back together.

“Sleep, Child,” the first single off A Bird in the Opera House, is a gleaming example of the importance of time and intimacy in the recording process. The song’s structure begins simple—guitar chords accompanied by faint percussion and Jaina’s strong, smooth vocals—but the absence of a chorus allows the track to build on itself, swelling with intensity and ending in a beautiful orchestra of vocal harmonies, pounding drums, and soaring violins.

With this taste of the album, I cannot wait to hear more.

Listen to “Sleep, Child”:

 

Check out the video for “Days in My Room,” also off A Bird in the Opera House:

 

TOUR DATES

4/2 -Portland, OR - Doug Fir (CD Release Show!)

4/7- Eugene, OR – Sam Bonds

4/8- Davis, CA - Sophia's

4/9- Modesto, CA - Cafe Deva

4/10- Merced, CA - Partisan

4/11- Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place

4/12- San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room

4/13- Chico, CA - Cafe Flo

4/14- Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio

4/15- Joshua Tree, CA - Pappy & Harriet's

4/16- San Diego, CA - Lestat's

4/17 -Flagstaff, AZ - Mia's

4/19- Torrey, UT – The Patio

4/20 – Salt Lake City, UT - State Room

4/21 -Provo, UT - Velour

4/22 -Boise, ID - Early show @ the Modern/Late show @ the Linen Building

4/23- Kennewick, WA - Red Room

4/24- Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific

-Katrina Nattress